Arsenal should take the gamble and sign Lorient forward Alexis Claude-Maurice, as he would be a possible bargain for the Gunners, according to Jeremie Aliadiere.
The London club is not new to doing business with Lorient. 9 years ago, they signed Laurent Koscielny from the club and he has gone on to make more than 350 appearances and become club captain.
Backing the signing of Claude, who scored 14 times in Ligue 2 last season, Jeremie said to football.london, “For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it. It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to.
“The market has gone so crazy in the last few years. If you want a top level international, it’s nothing cheaper than £40m.
“If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions. He’s a good player and has really good qualities.
“At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players, it would be a good step for him.”
“I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player.
“Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass. He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skilful player.
“He didn’t always play the game in the way Lorient like to play the game, pass, movement. He was taking the ball and dribbling past everybody. He had qualities and was a really good young player, but he had a lot to learn.
“He was very light, skinny, I wondered if it would take a bit of adaptation time if he came to the UK. But don’t get me wrong, he has great potential.
“You don’t have to be massive, big and strong to play in the Premier League, but you’ve got to be able to take a challenge and a tackle.”